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Central Australian Remote Area Exemptions strategy to be expanded.



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Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service 27 June, 2006

Media Release

Central Australian Remote Area Exemptions Strategy To Be Expanded

Kevin Andrews, the Federal Minister responsible for Indigenous employment, announced today that all Remote

Area Exemptions (RAEs) from the South Australian border of the Northern Territory to Elliot will be lifted by 30

June 2008.

As part of the Australian Government’s $18 million commitment to the removal of RAEs, the Government is

announcing a strategy to remove RAEs from communities within a 90 kilometre radius of Alice Springs as well

as very remote communities.

This will be a significant new component of the Phase 3 lifting of RAEs in the Northern Territory.

Mr Andrews said "The removal of RAEs will tackle systemic welfare dependency in Central Australia. Having

appropriate participation requirements for all working age Australians is a prerequisite to supporting Indigenous

economic independence."

"The strategy will begin by consulting with communities as well as key agencies and service providers.

"In the case of Ammoonguna, 15 kilometres out of Alice Springs, consultations have already begun. The

community is willing to remove RAEs as soon as possible but not until appropriate arrangements are in place.

"Many other community councils such as Titjikala community governing council are requesting RAE’s be lifted

to encourage more Indigenous Australians to participate in their local economies. Titjikala is located just over an

hours drive to the south of Alice Springs.

"At the same time, labour market participation and related activities will make the local economy stronger and

provide individuals with more skills."

Mr Andrews announced the same approach will be implemented in the region around Tennant Creek.

For further information contact:

Kate Walshe 0421 588794